The whole situation is absurd.
Patti LaBelle is outrageous. The diva is known for her surprising antics onstage and her tendency for being extra at all times. The public loves her for that. Some of her fans were left disappointed by her appearance at Billboard's Women In Music ceremony, however. When presenting Ariana Grade, the Labelle used an interesting term to describe the pop star.
She started with the type of praise for Grande's voice, unsurprising compliments.
“I’m thrilled to be among so many wonderful friends to present this year’s ultimate honor to Billboard’s Woman of the Year. A young woman who has it all. She’s soulful, strong, and she’s just sensational. She’s all that and a bag of chips. She’s a giant talent who sings from the heart, as I learned when we sang together at the White House for President Obama and Mrs. Obama. She tore it down. Honestly, she can sing her face off.”
Then things turned awkward.
“She asked me some questions one time. Remember when we did the President’s stuff? And you said, ‘Patti, what should I do?’ I said sing like that little white/Black girl that you are. She got soul like a mug!” she said to Arianna, “My son told me not to say that, but it’s true.”
“Your son was probably right,” Grande replied
Twitter reactions follow.